A Texan Volunteer
DAVY'S DEFEAT in the election of 1835 ended his political career, but it ushered in the most exciting and colorful period in his life, ending in a blaze of glory at the Alamo.
Crockett found it difficult to abandon his political ambitions. He had just returned from a trip on which he had been lionized in the largest cities of the nation, and he had found it gratifying to be the object of public acclaim. It was therefore natural that he should turn to other fields in which he might regain distinction and glory. The cause of Texan freedom was just the sort of thing he was looking for. But before he left for Texas, he decided to give one last speech to his constituents. Into it he poured all his bitterness and resentment, and he concluded it
...by telling them that I was done with politics for the present, and that they might all go to hell, and I would go to Texas.
With characteristic ability to cut off one phase of his life completely and begin another, he left home one chilly morning, dressed in a hunting suit, wearing a new fox-skin cap with the tail still on it, and carrying his rifle Betsey. His destination was Little Rock, Arkansas, where he arrived three days later.
At Little Rock a crowd had collected. He concluded wrongly that the people had assembled to greet him. Then he learned they were interested in a juggler who had set up a Punch and Judy show. The fiddler accompanying the show had got drunk, so the show could not proceed. The disappointed crowd was about to disperse when an old man drove up to the tavern in a sulky loaded with books and pamphlets. He turned out to be